Bright Lights, Big Ass

   By drodriguez  Oct 05, 2008

Do you dream that city life is all about stilettos and cocktail hours? Jen Lancaster says think again. All illusions about city dwelling are gone in her new book, ?Bright Lights, Big Ass’. No longer living her fabulous penthouse-style ways Lancaster looks at life in a new light. Now she is more like the rest of us with her pajama-clad days, house hunting weekends, and her tireless search for the perfect temporary job. Lancaster is witty and charming in this latest memoir. Her usual no-holds barred approach to her days shines through on each page. The short stories and blurbs about menacing squirrels, mass-transit debacles, and her love for all things Target are easily relatable. ?Bright Lights’ is sharp and fun. Lancaster dishes out the sarcasm continuously as she writes about her first year as a published author.

This second book by Lancaster deals more with the everyday life of the author unlike debut novel ?Bitter’ which chronicled her downward spiral into unemployment and eviction. One feels excited for her as she describes the joy at seeing her first published book sitting on a bookstore shelf. She notes with dismay that her everyday world ceases to change despite brisk book sales. A book deal does not equal carte blanche on expensive shoes. For Jen it means finding temporary office work to pay the bills. She still can’t get her landlord to repair her leaky kitchen ceiling and her husband, Fletch, is obsessed with Rachel Ray. She dispels the Carrie Bradshaw type myth that it is all fun and drinks in the city and more akin to parking tickets and trips to Trader Joe’s grocery store. Lancaster’s second book reads just like her popular blog, Jennslyvania. In fact, many of its pages come directly from her daily posts making it a quick, easy, and laugh out loud summer read.

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jane7127 by jane7127 | King of Prussia, PA
Feb 10, 2011

All of her books are awesome! Love her and her blog! She will be going on book tour soon! I think she starts in April or May.

ashleyd85 by ashleyd85 | SCOTT CITY, MO
Dec 17, 2010

Love Love Love her she is soooo great and sarcastic just the way I love them lol. She will have u laughing from start to finish. I love all her books and this one is no different it's a must have read.

marrbear by marrbear | MEDINAH, IL
Sep 30, 2010

I can't wait to read Jen Lancaster's book, sounds like a good read for anytime.

magpie75 by magpie75 | Fullerton, CA
May 26, 2010

I have read "Bitter is the new Black" and "Such a Pretty Fat". Jen Lancaster is a great writer. She is witty, observant and laugh out loud funny. Her books make a great read. I need to pick up the latest.

shespeaksgirl by shespeaksgirl | Palmyra, PA
Apr 17, 2010

Jen Lancaster is hilarious! I've read two of her books and can't wait to read more. Like Evanovich, she makes me laugh out loud!

ericksoc by ericksoc | Oak Ridge, TN
Jan 06, 2010

Definitely a good read - I read her other books and her blog after I read this one. She makes me laugh!

kbrownlaw by kbrownlaw | Chicago, IL
Dec 16, 2009

I am excited to read this as I am dealing with the daily grind in Chicago as well!

momagarry by momagarry | MILWAUKEE, WI
Oct 10, 2009

I love the title of this book. I need to read this one:)

jatkins1229 by jatkins1229 | Saint Charles, IL
Aug 14, 2009

I love Jen Lancaster. I can't wait to read this one!!

hellokitty10012 by hellokitty10012 | WORTHINGTON, OH
Jul 09, 2009

Hmmm...never read her before, but these sound like perfect beach reads.

rockin608 by rockin608 | Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Jun 03, 2009

I haven't read this book but I have read "Bitter is the new black" and it was so much fun to read it. I would highly recommend any of Jen Lancasters books.

misslin19074 by misslin19074 | NORWOOD, PA
Jun 02, 2009

Sounds really night, in bed, with a pint of Soy Delicious Frozen Dessert...sounds like just what I need...

CurvyMeli by CurvyMeli | SCOTTSBORO, AL
Apr 23, 2009

This is just a fun, fluff book, not necessarily one of the new Classics, but a great read!

crossinmama by crossinmama | DOWNERS GROVE, IL
Mar 09, 2009

This book was so fun I read it in 2 days after foot surgery. It really took my mind off the pain. I even laughed while reading it.

4barnes by 4barnes | ACWORTH, GA
Feb 23, 2009

Sounds interesting....I did enjoy her first book.